SUTRO is a limited production of premium terroir-driven wine from historic Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard located on Chalk Hill Road in the Alexander Valley, Sonoma County. Our wines are a true expression of this unique terroir. Our philosophy of minimal intervention winemaking combined with restrained use of new oak allows the quality of the grapes to shine through in the glass. Traditional blends paired with a California site generate wines exhibiting a nuanced balance between elegance and power.
Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard
Alice Warnecke Sutro & Eliot Sutro are the first of Alice's family to produce vineyard designate wines from Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard. Grapes from this historic ranch are the primary ingredient for the reliably high quality of SUTRO wines. The beauty of the site and the superior wine grape growing are a reflection of Margo Warnecke Merck's dedication and hard work as Managing Partner for WR&V, a family owned and operated business since 1911.
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Sourced from the original 45+ year old block situated at the foot of landmark Chalk Hill, the dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon vines with their deep roots and gnarled wood produce a scant 2 tons to the acre, lending remarkable concentration to the fruit.
|| Elevation 260 ft. || Lat. 38.608, Long. -122.7785 || 8x12 ft. spacing || 545 vines per acre || Simple Curtain/California Sprawl trellis || Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on AXR-1 & St. George || planted 1973
Along the ridge that runs from Chalk Hill to the Russian River is the steeply terraced Merlot block. Alice and Eliot made their first small-lot wines from this fruit eight years ago and continue to seek its balanced fruit emblematic of the naturally low yielding vines and great exposure that characterize this site.
|| Elevation 260 ft. || Lat. 38.608, Long. -122.7785 || 6x8 ft. spacing || 908 vines per acre || VSP/Cordon trellis || Clone 15 Merlot on 101-14 || planted 2004